Macau residents are “more and more” aware of the value of world heritage in daily life, as well as the importance of safeguarding it, defended the president of the Cultural Institute (IC).
Mok Ian Ian was speaking at the opening ceremony of two days of activities that mark the 15th anniversary of Macau’s historic center being inscribed on the World Heritage List of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
“The historic center, with its European-style squares and squares, its Chinese-style temples, its western-style churches and theaters and its mansions with Chinese and Western elements, tells the world the history of Macau, a city which is distinguished by its multicultural origins and characteristics “, said the official.
The IC’s work seeks, through various activities to raise awareness among the youngest sections of the population, “to enhance the sustainable development of this precious and non-reproducible resource” and to guarantee “the future preservation” of Macau’s world cultural heritage, which belongs “to all humanity”, she stressed.
Portuguese folk dances, lion dances and Cantonese opera dominate the celebrations program, which until today (Sunday), also offers games, thematic exhibition, workshops and the sale of cultural and creative products.
The event takes place at Casa do Mandarim and Largo do Lilau, two spaces that are part of the world heritage list and bear witness to the “oldest European architectural legacy on Chinese soil today”, according to the evaluation of the World Heritage Committee of the historic center of Macau.
Traditional Chinese style building, Casa do Mandarim was built before 1869 and is located right in front of Largo do Lilau, one of the first Portuguese style squares in the city.
The historic center of Macau was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List on July 15, 2005, having been designated as the 31st World Heritage Site in China.
The classification includes several historical buildings constructed by the Portuguese, including the building and Leal Senado square, Holly House of Mercy, the churches of Sé, São Lourenço, Santo António, Santo Agostinho, São Domingos, the Ruins of São Paulo and Company of Jesus square or the fortress of Guia.